Humorist Calvin Trillin wins Thurber Prize

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A collection of humorist Calvin Trillin's writings called "Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff" has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

The award is named for humorist James Thurber, who was known for the short stories and cartoons he contributed to The New Yorker magazine. It first was presented in 1997.

The 76-year-old Trillin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of 20 books, including the bestselling "About Alice" and "Obliviously on He Sails."

Runners up for the prize announced in New York on Monday were Patricia Marx's novel "Starting from Happy" and Nate DiMeo's fictional "Pawnee," based on the setting of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," for which DiMeo is a staff writer.

The winner receives $5,000.

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